I’m not going to lie, the Lexington Hotel was not my first choice for my trip to New York. As I got closer and closer to the trip and my budget began to shrink, I had to do another search on Booking.com (thank god for their free cancellation and not needing to pay before arrival) for a new hotel that was more within the ever diminishing budget.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across the Lexington Hotel for only £450 for 3 nights over Easter weekend -bargain! Naturally, I snapped this up, and fast forward to a few weeks later, and out of my bright yellow cab I step, excitement in abundance to be back in one of my favourite cities. New York.
As I arrived at the Lexington Hotel, I was greeted straight away by the friendly, smiling face of the doorman. He took my bags and directed me to the reception. I walked through the large, spacious, jazz themed lobby to the reception desks at the back of the room. Check-in was speedy and efficient and within no time I was making my way to my room for the next few days.
My room at the Lexington Hotel was small and cosy but adequately sized to act as a base for my trip to New York. The bed was large and comfy with plenty of pillows and a thick duvet. There was a large desk with a chair, a flat screen tv, air conditioning, a wardrobe and a safe. There was also free wifi (very important!). The room was nice and clean but nothing to shout about. There were a few jazz themed accents throughout the decor but overall, it was pretty basic, clean, but basic.
The bathroom was again small but adequately sized for a short stay. There was a toilet, washbasin, large mirror and a shower over the bath. I was not impressed though that it was a fabric shower curtain, this is my pet hate when it comes to hotel rooms, I can’t cope with the idea of it clinging to my naked leg, knowing it has done that to countless other people as they showered – ew.
The Lexington Hotel had it’s own bar and restaurant though I didn’t use these as I was out exploring New York but they seemed pretty popular. There was also an onsite Starbucks which was super handy for a cheap, early morning breakfast, especially as I was really suffering with jet lag and was wide awake at ungodly hours! The hotel also provided free instant coffee, tea and bottled water which you could take up to your room. This meant you didn’t have an in room kettle but with Starbucks downstairs and free beverages in reception, this really didn’t matter.
This is where the hotel scores all of it’s points. The Lexington Hotel is located round the corner from the Rockefeller Centre, 10 minutes walk from Times Square, 5 minutes walk from the shops on 5th Avenue, 5 minutes walk from Bloomingdales and 15 minutes walk to Central Park. You literally cannot get a better location for the price we paid.
The Lexington Hotel has quite the exotic history, playing host to numerous celebrities, politicians and most famously of all Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio! In fact, that famous grid scene with Marilyn and her white dress was filmed only a few blocks away!
I have mixed feelings about this hotel, it is almost like I was underwhelmed, but not in a bad way as such. I had an enjoyable stay, the rooms were clean and cosy, the staff were extremely friendly, the free beverages were a nice touch and the jazz theme and exciting history all led to a great stay. I just don’t feel like raving about it. I have stayed in better places but I have also stayed in worse and if I am being honest, I would stay here again. The price and location are really, really hard to beat. I genuinely do not have a bad thing to say as such, it just didn’t quite live up to the glory days that I imagine the hotel once was. I would recommend a stay here though, if you want somewhere fairly central with all the amenities and comfort you could want from a city break stop.
Have you stayed at The Lexington Hotel before? What did you think? Is there anywhere else in New York you would recommend to stay?
You can also check out my New York Vlog Days 1 and 2 which includes footage of The Lexington Hotel:
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